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post #1 of 6 Old 06-06-2017, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Dados and Rabbets

I am relatively new to wood working.

Up to this point I have struggled getting good dados and rabbets. After reading some info i think part of my problem is i am using an ATB blade. I was going to pickup a FTG or a combo blade to practice this weekend with scrap. But then I was thinking maybe I am better off with a dado setup.

Am I better off with a $40 Blade or similarly priced dado stack?

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If you are just using a saw blade for your dado work that alone is enough to cause bad dados. You need a stack dado with the chippers to do that or use a straight cut router bit.

Before someone makes a giggle, when you spell rabbit for woodworking it's spelled rabbet.
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Lol darn auto correct.

Thanks for the quick reply.

I have a router... maybe I would be better off buying/making a table or getting a dado stack?

My constraint is I only have a one car garage that my wife uses so everything needs to either fold flat or hang flat on the wall.

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Before someone makes a giggle, when you spell rabbit for woodworking it's spelled rabbet.
Yes, very important, otherwise you cut one in a board and come back the next day and there are three of them. :smile3:

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-06-2017, 12:52 PM
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router or dado stack?

I have done them both ways. I have done them using a single blade for a "quickie" dado or rabbet also. Having said that, UNLESS you capture your router in a double edged guide it may wander doing the operation leaving a"blivet" in on of the edges. There are really nice designs for the router based dado guide on You Tube.


The table saw or RAS with a dado stack will make either rabbets or dados equally well, the only difference being the rabbet has only one edge and is used on the end of the workpiece, where the dado has two edges to capture the workpiece. If the workpiece is long and narrow like a board it's easy on the table saw using the miter gauge. when it's in the center of a large sheet you would need to use the fence on the table saw.

Size doesn't matter if you use a router and a guide, kinda. The guide needs to be long enough to span the entire workpiece and then some to clamp it down.

I used a dado stack long before I used a router and it worked OK as long as i supported the larger panels well. A long board was never a problem.
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The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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@woodnthings thanks for the videos they were very helpful although there is something unsettling about a race utilizing power tools lol.

I decided to go the dado stack route. Initially was going to buy a $40 cheapo... after reading countless reviews and seeing many pictures of uneven bases that looked just as bad as the results i am getting using a single blade I decided to get a freud.

I made a new insert plate tonight. Hoping to try it out tomorrow.

Thanks for your help guys!

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